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The Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Pictures and The Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Videos and The Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Date

Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Date:

  • Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Date Is September 11 Sunday

The festival of Lord Ganesha starts from Gaensh Chaturthi and ends with Ganesh Visarjan date is 11th of September 2011, Sunday. Ganesh Utsav the celebration of Ganesh Jayanti or Vinayak Chaturthi.

The Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Routes and Timing:

The VISARJAN procession of the Lalbaugcha Raja will start at 10:00 AM on 11th September 2011 from Lalbaug market. In order to make the arrangements for the VISARJAN procession, no devotee will be allowed to stand in the NAVAS line after 10pm of 9 September 2011. And similarly the MUKH DARSHAN line of the Lalbaugcha Raja will not be available after 00:00 hrs of 11 September 2011 The VISARJAN procession will take the traditional route i.e. Lalbaug, Bharat Mata theatre, Lalbaug, Sane Guruji Marg, Byculla Rly. station (w), Clare Road, Nagpada, Dunkan Road, Don Taki, Sant Sena Maharaj Marg (Kumbharwada), Suthar Gully, Madhav Baug, C.P. Tank, V.P. Road, Opera House, Girgaon Chowpati. (ref: lalbaugcharaja.in)

About Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal:

  • Location: GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
  • Nearest Railway Station: Walking distance from Lower Parel, Curry Road, and Chinchpolki stations.
  • Waiting Time: Can be 20 hours or more in the navas line. General line takes around five hours.
  • When to Visit: It’s open around the clock. However, the busiest time is in the evening until midnight.

Located at Lalbaug market, Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the oldest sarvajanik (public) Ganesh festivals of Mumbai established in 1934.

During the pre-Independence era, the festival was used as a platform by the prominent leaders to generate opinion against the British empire.

All those devoties who visit LALBAUG cha RAJA every Ganesh Utsav or believe in him. Each idol is atleast 20-30ft high and this community will bring us closer to LALBAUG cha RAJA…

The Mandal was established prior to Independence along with being religious, as per the inspiration and teaches of Lokmanya Tilak. The aim of the mandal was to create awakening among the Indians to fight for freedom from the British Rule.

Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Pictures: (click on image to view it in zoom)

Lalbaugcha Raja 2011 Visarjan Videos:

Popular Ganapati Pandals 2011 List Or Ganesh Pandal 2011 List On Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 in Mumbai

About Ganapati Pandals or Ganesh Pandal of Mumbai:

Thousands of Ganesh Pandals are put up in Mumbai during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival (September 1, 2011 to September 11). This is a list of popular Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav in 2011. Each Ganapati mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the pandals and in Ganesh murtis. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal.

Popular Ganapati Pandals 2011 List:

Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal:

  • Location: GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
  • Nearest Railway Station: Walking distance from Lower Parel, Curry Road, and Chinchpolki stations.
  • Waiting Time: Can be 20 hours or more in the navas line. General line takes around five hours.
  • When to Visit: It’s open around the clock. However, the busiest time is in the evening until midnight.
  • Website: http://www.lalbaugcharaja.in/

This is one of the most popular Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai and attracts nearly a million people during the 12-day celebrations and is also one of the rich Ganesh mandals in Mumbai.

G S B Seva Mandal King Circle Wadala (Matunga):

About five decades ago GSB in mumbai commenced the Annual Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav at the newly inaugarated Dwrakanath Bhavan Complex, at the junction of Tilak Road extension and Katrak road, near Dadar T.T.Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community Seva Mandal is popularly known as the Golden Ganesh in Mumbai. One of the most popular Ganesha Pandal in Mumbai, G S B Ganapati adorns jewellery of gold and silver worth 100 million rupees.

Andhericha Raja – Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee  Andheri:

This year, our Mandal will create a replica of the ancient Akshardham temple located at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. Like every year replica will be made by world famous, “Taj Mahal” fame, Art Director Mr. Anant Shinde “Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee was established way back in the year 1966, 46 years ago, by the blue collared workers of golden Tobacco company, Tata Special Steel and Excel Industries Ltd, who moved from the Lalbaug. Parel bastion and settled in Andheri west, Azad Nagar M.H.B Colony, closer to their factories in which they worked. M.K. Menon, Tukaram Salaskar, Vasudev Kasalkar, etc. were the founder members who started this Ganeshotsav.

Girgaoncha Raja – Nikadvari Lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Girgaon:

Girgaoncha Raja is organized by the 84-year-old Nikadvari Lane Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal. They always opt for an eco-friendly Ganpati idol and is usually more than 20 feet tall. Girgaoncha Raja is located near Charni road railway station.

 Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav mandal, Ganeshgalli:

Established in 1928, Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav mandal at Ganeshgalli is noted for its decorations and also has history associated with it.Everyone in the area as well as those associated with LSUM were proud to have “Mumbai Cha Raja” award. All people had one voice & wanted to keep this name “Mumbai Cha Raja” as a permanent tag for Ganesh Galli’s Ganesh idol.

Khetwadi Cha Raja – Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal, Khetwadi:

Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal, Khambata Lane at Khetwadi was established in 1970. In 2011, a 28-feet tall Bal Ganesh standing on an elephant’s trunk on three toes will be a major attraction at this Mandal.Sarvajanik Shree Ganeshotsav Mandal, Khetwadi, Khambata Lane was established in the year 1970. At that time, Mandal’s founders like Late Balkrushna Gandhi, Late Balkrushna Bedekar, Late Harishchandra Zagde, Late Rajaram Takakar and Late Ramchandra Sawant had contributed valuable suggestions and help for growing our Mandal. Late Ramchandra B. Aagaskar was successfully handled the Mandal for 23 years as a Chairman.

 Khattar gali, Girgaon:

Khattar gali mandal at Girgaon was established in 1965. The mandal uses Ganesh Chaturthi to create social awareness.

 Keshavji Naik chawl ganesh mandal, Girgaon:

The festival at Keshavji Naik chawl ganesh mandal is more than 100 years old and was started in 1893. The mandal is noted for its small Ganesh idol and eco-friendly celebrations.

 Bal Gopal Mitra Mandal at Vile Parle:

This Mandal is popular for promoting eco-friendly Ganesha. This is the 23rd year of celebration.Bal Gopal Mitra Mandal was established in 1989 with the cultural vision of celebrating the Ganesh festival. In the beginning two boys sold all their old news papers to buy an idol worth Rs. 8 from the Vile Parle market that was for one and a half day and now that small plant had turned in to big and a strong tree. Our ganesh mandal had introduced the historical changes in the making of Sarvajanik Ganesh Idol. As a result of this our Mandal is one of the most famous and a part of the top ten ganesh mandal in Mumbai.

  Sahyadri Krida Ganesh Mandal at Tilak Nagar, Chembur:

The highlight in 2011 of this Mandal is the replica of Akshardham Temple in Delhi.

Krishna Janmashtami ( Gokulashtami ) and Dahi Handi Festival in Mumbai

About Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami Festival:

The myth connected to the birth of Lord Vishnu is as follows. Vasudeva was the chief of ‘Shooras’ and married Devaki one of the seven daughters of Devaka. They were very happy, for none had ever seen so fine a man and a wife matched in such perfect harmony.Janmashtami is celebrated to welcome and enjoy Lord Krishna’s birth. The birth of Lord Krishna took place when the various planets were in auspicious places. It is said that God chooses a particular time, as to when he will take birth as a human and the planetary systems are adjusted accordingly.Mathura, a prominent town of Northern India and the birth city of Sri Krishna was ruled by King Ugrasen, a Yaduvanshi ( Belonging to the Community of Yadavs). He was a great king loved by his subjects. He had two children, a son Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa was quite cruel by nature, his wickedness knew no bounds when he jailed his father and forcefully became the king of Mathura.People treat this day as one of very great rejoicing. There is recitation of the “Bhagavatam”, singing and praying everywhere. Temples are decorated for the occasion, Kirtans are sung, bells are rung, the conch is blown, and Sanskrit hymns are recited in praise of Lord Krishna. At Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, special spiritual gatherings are organised at this time. Pilgrims from all over India attend these festive gatherings.

Some Fact About this festival:

  • Celebration : The Birthday of the Lord Krishna
  • Religion : Hindu
  • In the month of : August-September

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami Festival Celebration In Mumbai:

Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Krishna Jayanthi, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Sri Krishna Jayanthi or Sree Jayanthi in different parts of our country. Janmashtami festival is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in all parts of India. With globalisation and Indians settling in various countries, it is celebrated in great zeal in other parts of the world too.Lord Krishna and his childhood friends may have had a great time breaking handis full of Milk, Butterand Ghee. But for our modern Govindas the day following Janmashtami is meant for practising their skills and earning some moolah. Festivity was in the air as group youngsters, commonly known as Govindas competed with each other to break the Dahi-Handis and bag the prize money. The birth of the eighth child of Devki, Lord Krishna was followed by a chain of dramatic events. Soon after the birth of the child, as if by a sheer miracle, all the soldiers guarding the couple fell asleep and the gates of the dungeon flew open themselves. Vasudev decided to smuggle the child safely in a basket to his friend Nand in Gokul. Since it was raining heavily, River Yamuna was all swollen and Vasudev feared that both he as well as his child will drown if he tried to cross it, however, as soon as the feet of the infant touched the river, the flow of water became normal and Vasudev was able to cross it easily. Sheshnag, the five headed serpent of Lord Vishnu protected the child with its fangs. The residents living in the nearby buildings and chawls made the task a little more challenging by throwing water and Gulal at the competitors. The accompanying slogans of “Govinda ala re ala ” which reverberated in the air even made passersby stop on their way and join the fun. India being a multi-cultural society, people celebrate Janmashtami in different ways. This festival witnesses interesting customs and rituals in various states and cities. In southern India, lot of snacks and savouries are prepared. Women decorate their homes with beautiful designs known as Rangoli. Footprints of children entering the house are drawn to symbolize God entering the house.

Dahi Handi Ceremony Celebrated on Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami Festival in Mumbai:

This year some of the Handis were extra heavy with as much as Rs. 1 lakh, put in for the winners. According to an office-bearer of the co-ordination commitee one such handi in Thane was kept at a height of nearly 40′ but that did not deter the enthusiastic Govindas from trying out their luck. Other prestigious Handis which attracted many groups were at Dadar, Mazgaon and Lalbaug.Dahi Handi generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami.Dahi Handi is celebrated with fervor, especially in the twin cities of Mathura – Vrindavan, Dwarka and Mumbai. Young men in Mumbai yell ‘Ala re ala, Govinda ala’ during the ceremony. An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee is hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Silver coins are hung along with the rope,which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic young men, form a human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. Breaking of the pot is followed by prize distribution. Devotees believe that the broken pieces of earthen pot will keep away mice and negative powers from their homes.Another attraction was a group of girls in Dadar, who went around breaking the Handis. Most of these female team members are kabbaddi players. With prizes as high as Rs 31 lakh at some places, the youngsters, including some all-women troupes, wounded their way to the ‘handis’ in Mumbai and adjoining Thane.People chant hymns, shlokas and mantras to seek the lord’s blessings. Bhagavadgita, Bhaagavatham, Vishnu Sahasranamam are recited and 108 names of the Lord are chanted in homes and various temples. Another popular ritual is singing and dancing in praise of the Lord.Here is the some pictures of Dahi Handi Festival Celebration in Mumbai.

Pictures of Dahi Handi Festival Celebration in Mumbai:

Independence Day of India (15th August) Celebration in Mumbai

About Independence Day of India (15th August):

India is a nation with a very rich historic background. The Independence Day, India (Swatantrata Divas) is celebrated on the 15th August to commemorate its independence from the 150 years British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947.The movement was launched on August 8, 1942 in Bombay. Gandhi declared: “I want freedom immediately, this very night, before dawn, if it can be had. You may take it from me that I am not going to strike a bargain with the Viceroy for ministers and the like… Here is the mantra, a short one, that I give you… Do or die. We shall either free India or die in the attempt.” It is one of the 3 national holidays in the country. Flag hoisting and distribution of sweets is done all over the country. This is a proud day for the Indians. The prime minister raises the national flag at the Red Fort in New Delhi, and delivers a nationally televised speech from its ramparts, which is viewed by millions of nationals.India Independence Day History, Independence Day of India Facts, History of 15th August 1947 Independence Day of India is celebrate on 15th August every year,to commemorate its independence from the 150 years British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947. He highlights achievements of the government, important issues and gives a call for further development through his speech.

Celebration Of Independence Day of India (15th August):

In the capital New Delhi most of the Government Offices are lit up. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in all the state capitals. In the cities around the country the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is done by politicians belonging to that constituency. Independence Day is a national in India. On Indipendence Day all over the country, flag-hoisting ceremonies are conducted by the local administration in attendance. Schools and colleges around the country organise flag hoisting ceremony and various cultural activities within their respective premises. Independence Day main event takes place in New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech from its ramparts.In various private organisations the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is carried out by a Senior officer of that organisation Families and friends get together for lunch or dinner, or for an outing. Housing colonies, cultural centres, clubs and societies hold entertainment programmes and competitions, usually based on the freedom theme. Most of all is that the people flu colourful kites in the sky. It is a long traditional thing, and the skies look very beautiful and colurful. Hence, Independence day in India is a ver important and cheerful occasion.In his speech, he highlights the achievements of his government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. The Prime Minister also pays his tribute to leaders of the freedom struggle.

Independence Day of India (15th August) In Mumbai:

In Mumbai most of the Government Offices are lit up. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in all the state capitals. In the cities around the country the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is done by politicians belonging to that constituency. Schools and colleges around the country organise flag hoisting ceremony and various cultural activities within their respective premises. In various private organisations the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is carried out by a Senior officer of that organisation Families and friends get together for lunch or dinner, or for an outing. Housing colonies, cultural centres, clubs and societies hold entertainment programmes and competitions, usually based on the freedom theme. Most of all is that the people flu colourful kites in the sky. It is a long traditional thing, and the skies look very beautiful and colurful.

Rakhi or Nariyal Purnima or Raksha Bandhan Festival Celebration in Mumbai

Nariyali Purnima Celebrations in Mumbai:

Raksha Bandhan Festival is popularly known as Narial Purnima Festival or Coconut Full Moon by people living in Mumbai’s famous beaches.The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by the name of ‘Nariyal Purnima’ in the Western parts of India, especially in Mumbai. A unique ceremony is carried out to propitiate the Varuna – the Hindu Sea God. Following the custom, fishermen throw auspicious coconuts into the sea and seek blessings of Varuna.This special day is celebrated mostly by the fishing tribes as it initiates a new season for them. Raksha Bandhan in Mumbai or ‘ Nariyal Purnima’ thus holds much importance for the fishing community. It may be noted that the ‘three eyes’ of coconut are believed to represent the three-eyed Shiva and hence carry tremendous religious significance for Hindus.Nariyal Purnima is basically celebrated on the same day as Rakhi Purnima that is on the full moon Sharaavan day.The sisters who are unable to meet their brothers also post the rakhi’s t their brothers staying abroad. Everybody will celebrate this festival with their siblings and will fancy the thread, Rakhi.

Raksha Bandhan Celebrations by Bollywood Stars:

Celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in Mumbai, Nariyali Purnima celebrations is not restricted to Bombay alone. This festival is celebrated all over India by the people for whom the sea is a means of living, particularly fishermen.The festival of Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is a very popularly festival celebrated in India. People all over the world too celebrate this festival.Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with style and panache by glamorous Bollywod actors and actresses. Photos of popular actresses tying Rakhis on the brother’s or cousin’s wrist are splashed in news media and get much attention from the public.There are many legends related to this festival so also there are many significances related to this festival. Nariyali Purnima celebrations by Kolis, the fishing tribe of Bombay is well known. To mark the joyous occasion fishermen decorate their boats with colorful flags and take it out to the seas. Rakhi celebrations by Hrithik Roshan and his sister Sunaina, Ekta and Tushaar Kapoor, Amisha and Ashmit Patel etc receive more media attention than others. Besides, these days one can see Raksha Bandhan celebrations being highlighted in popular Hindi soaps.This festival of Rakhi is known by various names in all the states of India but is for surely celebrated. The significance of celebration of this festival varies from region to region. All the people belonging to various communities celebrate this festival. People all over India celebrate the Rakshabandhan is basically a North and West Indian festival. Glamorization of Raksha Bandhan helps to highlight the significance of festival and make it even more popular amongst the youth and kids.

Raksha Bandhan Celebrations in Mumbai:

Passionate and enthusiastic people of amchi Mumbai celebrate Raksha Bandhan in style and festive grace. Most innovative and creative Rakhis first make their way to Rakhi stalls in Bombay. Gift marketers too push their latest and designer Rakhi gifts products first to the style conscious city of Mumbai. On the day of Shravan Purnima, people celebrate the festival of Rakhi. As they row their boat they sing songs of praise for Lord Varun and finally after worshiping the coconut, immerse it in the seas, as an offering to Lord Varun. With this simple yet meaningful ceremony fishermen request Lord Varuna to bless them with a good supply of fish catch for the coming season. Rakhshabandhan, India is one of the most festivals. The festival of Rakhi celebrates the beautiful relation that a brother and a sister share. In India the family and family relationships are of prior importance to everybody. This is related to as Indian culture and is unlike the Western culture. Thus, Rakhi festival is a very much important festival in India. This festival helps a brother and a sister to strengthen their beautiful relation with a bond of love and care.To mark the day, men and women dress themselves in ethnic yet stylish clothes for the occasion and celebrate the festival with thrill and joy. Just as in rest of India, sisters tie Rakhi on their brother’s wrist and pray for their health and happiness. Brothers pamper their sisters’ with gifts and promise to protect them from all hardships in life.Some people also regard this day to be the perfect occasion to ask God for the forgiveness for their past sins. Entire family joins to relish the festive food and there is happiness all around.

Holi Festival Celebration In Mumbai

About Holi Festival:

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated. Play of Colors Holi FestivalGreat excitement can be seen in people on the next day when it is actually the time for the play of colours. Shops and offices remain closed for the day and people get all the time to get crazy and whacky. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons and passers by. Women and senior citizen form groups called tolis and move in colonies – applying colours and exchanging greetings. A festival of colors, Holi is the most celebrated festival all over India and specially in Maharashtra where the celebrities from the bollywood add to its charm by the music and dance events that go all the night. Holi is celebrate as a triumph of good over evil and is marked by adding the colors of festivity to all nears and dears. Declaring the end of the winters an important ritual is associated with this festival which is commonly known as ‘burning of Holi’ held on the previous night of Holi. This night event starts with the burning the fuel wood on the street squares and all people offer prayers while revolving around the fire. This is the start of celebration and continues till the time all people are tired but happy with the celebrations. Some sweets are exclusively made on this festival and the drink locally known as bhang is very famous for Holi festival.Songs, dance on the rhythm of dholak and mouthwatering Holi delicacies are the other highlights of the day.Mumbai is a land of festivals. It has a vibrant atmosphere. Holi is a major festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is usually celebrated in the month of March i.e. Phalgun. Holi festival is an indication of summer. People from all religions, caste and creeds come together and celebrate this festival. This festival strengthens our culture of secularism. That is why this festival is regarded as the friendliest festival. It is a fun-filled festival. It is indeed a colorful festival. People throw colored water, sing, and dance during this festival. People generally wear disposable clothes when they are playing Holi.Many legends are associated with this festival. One of them is life of Lord Krishna. Krishna was a prankster. During His childhood days Krishna was fond of dairy products, especially butter. He would steal butter that was stored in pots in their neighbours home.

Holi Festival Celebration In Mumbai:

This legend is remembered by hanging a potful of buttermilk during Holi. Men clamber on top of one another and try to reach the pot. One that succeeds in breaking the pot is named Holi King of that year.Doing such things revives Acts of Krishna. Physically challenged people also actively take part in this festival. Even Bollywood celebrities play with color during this festival. Holi is a major festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is usually celebrated in the month of March i.e. Phalgun. Holi festival is an indication of summer. People from all religions, caste and creeds come together and celebrate this festival. This festival strengthens our culture of secularism. That is why this festival is regarded as the friendliest festival. It is a fun-filled festival. It is indeed a colorful festival. People throw colored water, sing, and dance during this festival. People generally wear disposable clothes when they are playing Holi… …Even Bollywood celebrities play with color during this festival. The color, gaiety and joy associated with this Holi festival change the lives of many in Mumbai. The Holi Festival of Mumbai brings happiness, prosperity and peace to everyone. On this occasion people in Mumbai send sweets, gift articles to each other. During this festival people of Mumbai wipe colors and spray water on each other. Holi gives a break from hectic life of Mumbai. The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.The color, gaiety and joy associated with this Holi festival change the lives of many in Mumbai. The Holi Festival of Mumbai brings happiness, prosperity and peace to everyone. On this occasion people in Mumbai send sweets, gift articles to each other. During this festival people of Mumbai wipe colors and spray water on each other. Holi gives a break from hectic life of Mumbai. The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.

Holi Festival Celebration By Bollywood Celebrities:

The Mumbai Holi festival is a chance to renew love, to recharge your energy.An atmosphere of oneness prevails in Mumbai during this colorful Holi festival.

Bollywood Actress on Holi Festival:

If the harmful chemicals of the Holi colours are restricting you to enjoy the spirit of the festival then follow the hair and skin care regime of celebrities and throw caution to the wind and have a fun-filled Holi

Deepika Padukone, Bollywood Actress

I always celebrate Holi but unfortunately as I am shooting the next day, this year I will be unable to participate in the festivities. Holi as a child was really fun and I can recall playing Holi when I was in school with my friends in my building. Though I thoroughly enjoy playing with colours I use coconut oil to ensure that my skin and hair remain safe.

Anushka Sharma, Bollywood Actress

I have always loved Holi because of the energy it possesses, the joy it brings and the colours it adds. However, in all the madness of gulal, water balloons and pichkaris, one should still be careful. I have always enjoyed Holi and to enjoy it in all it’s colours I make sure to oil my hair with coconut oil before going out to play. Applying coconut hair oil on your scalp acts as a barrier and prevents colours from directly coming in contact with hair and will lessen the damage. After the celebration, it is important to wash off the colours from the hair with a good shampoo and conditioner. If hair gets dry then warm oil accompanied with hot towel treatment should be taken the next day. This will help the hair to retain its lustre.

Esha Deol, Bollywood Actress

I associate Holi with lots of fun and having a wild time. I played Holi a lot as a kid and we used to go really wild. I remember throwing eggs at people and once I ended up pelting a police person and had to go to the police station. I have definitely sobered down now, but still thoroughly enjoying this festival. Our first ritual is to put colour on Lord Krishna’s murti, before we start playing. Applying coconut oil on my hair before playing is also one of the rituals for me.

Avika Gor, TV actor

I love playing Holi and do so with great pride. This year I plan to colour everyone around me, as I feel no one should be left clean. Holi is a festival of colours and it’s meaningless without it. However, I ensure that my hair remains safe by applying coconut oil.

Diana Hayden, model / TV actor

Holi to me means lots of fun and also it’s one festival that transcends all religion and castes. This year I plan to go to a friend’s bungalow at Madh Island. I remember having a blast as a child. It was great fun with the pichkaris and colours. I used to play with my brother and his friends. I clearly remember that as I got a little older I became conscious of playing with the boys. I had locked myself on the terrace but they broke down the door and got me all coloured. It was riotous.

I have no fears about Holi. I think Holi is meaningless without stains. However, I recommend that one can oil their hair as a precaution. Some colours are so harmful, so I recommend moisturising the body with coconut or olive oil.

Vidya Malvade, TV actor

I am totally looking forward to Holi this year since it happens to be my first Holi after my wedding. My husband and his family have plans to drench me in colour of their love and tradition. The best way to take care of skin and hair is to apply loads of oil, so that the colour does not stick. I feel coconut oil is a good option.

Aarti Chhabria, model-turned-film actor, Bollywood Actress

I love playing Holi. This year’s Holi celebration would be with my family and close friends. As a kid I used to play Holi with water-balloons, but now due to the water shortage we can’t do that. However, I still have loads of fun and frolic and keep the spirit of the festival alive. As far as my skin and hair is concerned I just oil my hair with coconut oil before playing Holi because colours come off easily from oily surfaces.

Pooja Bedi, film/TV actor

For me, Holi is a colourful, crazy, messy, fun-filled and ecstatic festival. However, sometimes the constant exposure to the sun and oodles of colour on your body and hair can have harm effects. In order to keep it at a bay, I play Holi with safe colours and plaster my hair and body with lots of coconut oil. It protects the skin and hair against the harmful colours. Post Holi I scrub off the colour with warm water and moisturise my skin very well.

Divya Dutta, film / TV actor

Right from my childhood I am a dedicated Holi player. I love going to Shabanaji’s Holi party as it has some great music, food and of course, colour. I love the entire feel and mood of Holi. To protect my hair and skin I follow nani maa’s nuska of applying coconut oil. Prior to the Holi celebration I oil my hair and skin properly, so the colour doesn’t stick for long. After the celebration is over then I remove the colours with oil and cleanser.

Narayani Shastri, TV actor

Holi is the only festival that I actually celebrate. The celebration is about hopping from one party to another and finally settling with family and close friends. As such I do not have any fears related to Holi since we play Holi with safe colours like gulal and herbal colours. I just oil my hair and face with coconut oil. It is like a coating of safety. After the celebration, it’s important to wash off the colour from the hair and body thoroughly and let it stay without any make up as it will help the skin to breathe.

Shilpa Saklani, TV actor

I enjoy playing Holi. But, as of now I haven’t made any plans for this year’s Holi celebration. In order to protect my hair from the harmful chemicals present in some colours I apply a mix of coconut and castor oil and for the skin I just use a good moisturiser, it does the trick!

Kanchi Kaul, TV actor

I love playing Holi as it’s good fun. This Holi I plan to celebrate at one of my friend’s place. I don’t fear any skin or hair damage since of late people have started playing Holi with organic colours. For the sake of precaution I oil my hair and body with thick coconut oil. The oil coating really helps in taking out the colour.

Holi in Film Industry:

No other industry has been so influenced by Holi as much as Bollywood. Creative as they are, big actors and actress have made it a point to enjoy to the hilt when it comes to Holi. In fact, Holi at RK Studio is as famous in Mumbai as that of Mathura in UP. Also, much popular is the Holi at Pratiksha, the famous residence of megastar, Amitabh Bachchan. The trend of Holi celebration in film industry was initiated by showman Raj Kapoor, who started Holi celebration in a big way at his studio. A large number of industry people would gather there and play holi, making it a star-studded event. The tradition that was followed was that anybody who came would first be greeted with a dip in the pool of coloured water. Kapoors also took care that women were treated with dignity and nobody misbehaved with them. Holi at RK Studio continues to be an event to watch in Mumbai as the next generation of Kapoors have made it a point to continue with the tradition. Equally famous now is the Holi celebration organised by Bollywood’s much loved megastar, popularly called Big B. It seems he still feels drenched in the success of his Holi song Rang Barse and later..Holi khele Raghubeera so much so that he has made it a point to mark the festival in a big way. Holi celebration at his residence, Pratiksha in Mumbai’s north-western suburb of Juhu has now gained immense popularity and almost everybody who matters is personally invited. Mr and Mrs Bachchan are reconised as superb hosts and everybody look forward to enjoy Holi with them. After a bath in pool of colour waters, people wash themselves in showers, specially installed in the garden. Mouthwatering holi delicacies, exotic drinks laced with bhang, songs, dance and lot of fun mark the Holi there.

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Republic Day Celebration In Mumbai

About Republic Day:

26th January is celebrated as “Republic Day of India” throughout the country with great pomp and celebration. It is on Republic Day that everyone has a right to hoist the national flag. Offices, residential complexes and other establishments celebrate the holiday by hoisting the flag, distributing sweets and remembering the freedom fighters of the nation. Shivaji Park in Mumbai witnesses a grand parade where participants from the army, navy, air force and students come together to express their love towards their motherland. The chief guest for the parade is the Governer of Mumbai who also hoists the national flag.

Where is Republic Day Celebration In Mumbai :

Shivaji Park

Swatantrya Veer Savarkar Marg

Mumbai, 400 028, India

When Republic Day Celebration In Mumbai :

Wed 26 Jan, 2011

Mumbai Dabbawallas Join India’s Republic Day Parade:

There are four days remaining until Republic Day in India. On January 26, India will celebrate it’s 60th year of being a republic. As happens every year, thousands of people will line Delhi’s central Rajpath avenue to catch sight of the spectacular Republic Day parade. This year, Mumbai’s dabbawallas will feature in the parade. If you’re familiar with the dabbawallas, you’ll know what an integral part of Mumbai they are. The 5,000 dabbawallas accurately deliver around 200,000 lunch boxes of freshly cooked food to the city’s office workers every day. The system started operating in 1890, with only 35 workers. It’s now internationally recognized. The dabbawallas will perform a skit in the parade, demonstrating how a box of food gets from one far-flung part of Mumbai to another.

Makar Sankranti Festival or Kite Festival Celebration In Mumbai

Information About Makar Sankranti Festival or Kite Festival:

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that marks the harvest season and the beginning of the Sun’s slow journey from the Tropic of Capricorn. Families and friends exchange sesame seeds promising a more loving relationship. This is also the only Hindu festival that is celebrated on the same day every year.

Details About Makar Sankranti celebration in Mumbai:

Makara Sankranti is the only Hindu festival which is based on the Solar calendar rather than the Lunar calendar.In some parts of India, the festival is celebrated by taking dips in the Ganga or any river and offering water to the Sun god. The dip is said to purify the self and bestow punya.Makar means Capricorn as per zodiac and sankranti is transition, There are two most important transitions out of 12 (each every month), One is Mesh (also know as Aries) and other and most important is Makar (which is Capricorn), on this day transition of sun happens from Sagittarius to Capricorn in season of winter. Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India as a harvest festival. It is a way of giving thanks to the elements of nature that help man. This is the period when the winter recedes, paving the way for the summer. It is the time the farmers bring home their harvest. In the coastal regions, it is a harvest festival dedicated to Indra. In North India, a ritual bath in the river is important on this day. There are Legends behind makar sankranti as per Mahabharata, so Hindus has high belief for the festive season. Khichiri is eaten and given away as charity, and People also distribute rice and lentils to the poor and needy. In Maharashtra, a special dish called tilgul, or laddoos made of jaggery and Sesame seed, the chief crop of the season, is popular.In Gujrat it is celebrated as the Kite flying day.Makar Sankranti is also known as Khichadi or Til Sakranti in north India. The Magh Mela and the Gangasagar Mela held on Makar Sankranti and the devotees take a holy dip in Ganga & Ganga Sagar at various places. From morning 7:00 till Late evening till dark people have fun by flying kites in bunches, on this one day Gujarat kite season is renowned in the world, You can see around 50 to 500 kites at a glance in the sky.The Makar Sankranti festival marks the day when the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar (the Capricorn) from the Tropic of Cancer.To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. Every one comes to open ground and building terrace with dozens of kites to enjoy, Its a kite race day in India. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the Sun does from the Day of Makar Sankranti. Traditionally sweets are always used during any festive, but this day is special for til gud, people prepare til gud and give to each other saying “Til Gud Kha Ani God God Bola” in Marathi language, which means “have til gud and speak good and sweet on the day”, Just a way to forgive and forget.Also, an episode from the great epic Mahabharata shows that people in early times marked the day as auspicious. Warrior-hero Bhishma Pitamah even after being wounded in the Mahabharata war lingered on till Uttarayan set in. Death on this day is set to bring Moksha or salvation for the deceased.

Makar Sankranti Festival or Kite Festival Fact:

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious festival of India. According to Hindu calendar Makar Sankranti falls on January 14 of 15 in 2011. The festival is also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, and the day is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God).

Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara that showcase the arrival of spring season.

Makar Sankranti is also known as Khichadi or Til Sakranti in north India where the combination of rice and cereals are distributed among the poor.

The God of Sun (Lord Surya) is worshipped on the Sankranti and the day starts with bathing ritual at Sangam (confluence of Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganga) in Allahabad and on various river banks or bathing ghats on River Ganga. The Magh Mela and the Gangasagar Mela held on Makar Sankranti and thousand of devotees take a holy dip in Ganga & Ganga Sagar at various places. Taking a holy dip on the day is considered very auspicious that takes you to the path of Nirvana, Moksha (Salvation).

On this day people greets each other through messages, SMS for prosperity.

This Festival is observed throughout India by all communities but with slight variations in the festivities.

  • In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban.
  • Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on this day in Assam.
  • Makar Mela is observed in Orissa.
  • In North India, it is the time of Lohri .
  • In Central India, it is Sankranti.
  • In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi.
  • In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku.
  • In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.
  • It is an important bathing date during the famous Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela at Sangam (Prayag) in Allahabad.

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Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Festival In Mumbai

General Information About Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Festival In Mumbai:

  • Venue: Mumbai
  • Time: August/ September
  • Durations: 10 days
  • Highlights: Bhajans and many program and Procession amidst dance and devotional songs

About Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Festival In Mumbai:

Ganesh Chaturthi is the blessed day when Lord Ganesha appears to confer happiness to the people on earth. Also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesha Festival is celebrates the birthday of the Lord. It is observed for 10 days, starting from Shukla Chaturthi till Ananta Chaturdashi (Hindu dates fall between month of August or September) throughout the country. States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate this festival in the most grandiose manner.Mostly in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. One of the best places to experience the festival is in the city of Mumbai. Celebrations take place in a special way at the towering Siddhivinayak temple, located in the central suburb of Prabhadevi, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. An incalculable number of devotees visit the temple to join in prayers and pay their respects to the God during the festival. In addition, around 10,000 statues of Lord Ganesh are displayed at various locations in the city.

Bombay, the Financial Hub of India, commemorates this event in really extravagant style, with utmost devotion. It’s the time when streets bustle with devotees and huge ‘pandals’ (canopies) are set up, housing the idols of Lord Ganesha – the Lord of Beginnings, Wisdom, Prosperity and Good Fortune. Every nook and corner of the city appears drenched in the celebrations, excitement and enthusiasm. However, the preparations for this festival start 2-3 months before the event, with the making of clay models of the Lord.Maharashtra is the state where you can find the true color of the festival called Ganesh Chaturthi. With the huge idols of Ganesha decorated inside the mandaps (pandals) put up by every locality marks the starting of the ten-day festival. These days are full of joy and festivity and cultural programs are the part of this festival. All the people in spite of religions, caste and creed participate vigorously in the festival to mark the birthday of ‘God of Wisdom’, prosperity and good fortune. Visit this state at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi festival held in the month of ‘Bhaarapada’ according to Hindu calendar, that comes between 20th August and 15th September and witness the gaiety and enthusiasm that prevails in this spiritual atmosphere.

On the festive day, the idol is placed on elevated platforms in homes or outdoor canopies, where people come to pray. A red silk dhoti is worn by the priest, who invokes life in the idol by chanting mantras (ritual known as Pranapratishtha). Followed by this, Shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute) is done. Later the idol is smeared with red unguent (rakta chandan). While doing all the rituals, hymns from the scriptures like Rig Veda, Ganapati Atharva Shirsha Upanishad, and Ganesh Stotra are chanted. Once a statue of Lord Ganesh is installed, a ceremony is undertaken to invoke his holy presence into the statue. This ritual is called the Pranapratishhtha Puja, during which a number of mantras are recited. Following this a special worship is performed. Offerings of sweets, flowers, rice, coconut, jaggery and coins are made to the God. The statue is also anointed with red chandan powder. Prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha every day during the festival. Temples devoted to Lord Ganesha also organize special events and prayers. Those who have a Ganesha statue in their house treat and care for him as a much loved guest.

For complete ten days, Lord Ganesh is worshipped with whole-hearted devotion. The image is taken into a procession, where devotees dance and sing to their heart’s content on the 11th day. Eventually, the idol is immersed in the sea with reverence. Throughout the procession, people yell ‘Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya’ which means ‘O Father Ganesh! Come again early next year’. Ganesh Chaturthi is a great festival of religious and social fervor, which presents a valuable insight, especially in Mumbai. Besides its religious sanctity, this festival plays an important role in binding the people and strengthen their relationship. The festival demands all the people to assemble a the same place and make a joint prayer giving a chance to people to interact with each other and visit one others house for prayers. Mumbai today witness the impeccable harmony among Hindus, Muslims and people of other faiths especially at the time of this festival when all people are colored in the same color. Really Ganesha is the God of wisdom and knows how to bring all the people together and it is his birthday that strengthens the ties.

How is Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated:

The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. Artisans put months of effort into making the statues. It’s forbidden to look at the moon on this first night as legend had it the moon laughed at Lord Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. In Mumbai alone, more than 150,000 statues are immersed each year!

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Christmas Celebration In Mumbai

Christmas In Mumbai:

Most awaited 25th of December, the birth of Jesus Christ is a day of cheer for all Christian Community of Mumbai, which is also declared as Christmas Holiday.In Mumbai christmas celebrate with lot of Joy & Merry making. Attending church services. Christmas Means “Christ” + “Mass”, i.e Mass celebrations of Lord Jesus Christ.In Mumbai Have a group of carols singing going to all the members of the chruch and playing Instrumental numbers and singing christmas carols songs .In Maharashtra, Christmas too is celebrated in the same spirits the way Diwali is. But the only difference is that the celebration is in small number as compared to Diwali. But yet, Christmas Celebrations too are enjoyed with Great Spirit and that what shows how diversified culture and religions still play essential elements in Maharashtra. Mumbai is a best place to enjoy metropolitan community which enhances the cheers of any festival and so do Christian People and Others like Gujaratis, Muslims people who are friends and Society Members wishes Christians saying “Happy Christmas” or “Merry Christmas” and enjoys the Birthday treat of Jesus with cakes and wines with Dance and lots of Fun with Santa claus.The street side stalls display many decorations and Santa outfits for children. Many shops have their own Santa Claus, who distributes sweets and small gifts to the kids visiting their shop. Sledges with reindeers are constructed outside the malls along with a beautiful Christmas Tree which adds to the beauty.In Mumbai Decorate the house with Christmas Tree and another Decorations. Children love to recieve christmas gifts thinking that santa clause had come the previous nite to their place n kept for them gifts. Most people also looks for a big bash on 31st of December to be well celebrated with Christmas day for Fun, Dance and Late night hangouts.In Mumbai Prepare many variety of sweet such as Chaklis, Nauries, Kal Kal. Flowers, Cakes, Walnut Sweets etc.

Most of the Discos are Jamm packed on Christmas and 31st Nights.Christmas 2010 as usual falls on the 25th December 2010, which is an official gazetted holiday for Indians. Christmas is joyfully celebrated by all the Christians who live in Maharashtra and other states of India. Annually Christmas is held on 25th December and India like any other country. Christmas is celebrated with great spirits all over Mumbai, other than Maharashtra. Lots of Socials are arranged in Discos and In Open to enjoy with lots of crowd.Christmas Celebration in Mumbai is conducted with great spirits. Christians living in Mumbai attend the special Church Services, sing carols on the midnight of 24th December, have fest with their family and share Christmas sweets with their relatives and neighbors. Families exchange gifts with their family members and friends. A beautiful Christmas Tree along with the Christmas Star lit the house during Christmas. Most of the government and institutions enjoy holiday on 25th December. Local post offices and Banks too are closed on 25th December 2010.

Decoration Pictures of Christmas are worth to be taken in Most Places of Mumbai like, Santacruz, Colaba, Vile Parle, Mahim Church and Bandras Mount merry which is where most of Christian community resides from centuries. Vasai and Virar Christmas celebration is also well known as lots of people staying inside Bassein Gaon (Village) are Christians.Churches and Convent Schools are decorated with lights which form an essential part of Christmas. Convent Schools observe a 10 days holidays during Christmas.

Christmas decoration Materials can be Majorly found at Most of Famous Archies Shops and Shopping Malls in Mumbai which are Decorated as very well for every occasions.Along with the Convent Schools, many other English Medium Schools and International Schools too participate in Christmas Celebration in Mumbai with great enthusiasm. Also when in Mumbai market one can see lots of small shops having decoration materials for Christmas in latest varieties like Christmas Greetings, Wall hangings and Balloons etc.Tall Christmas Tree is decorated within the school campus and children from all religion try their hand on decorating Christmas Tree and the school area. During Christmas, the shops and malls are decorated with beautiful and glittering decorations. Many roads in Mumbai, like the Hill Road at Bandra celebrate Christmas in a joyful manner. The whole road is lit up with colorful lights and decorations.

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